2020 Season Countdown: #104 Peyton Smith

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16May 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #104 Peyton Smith

Peyton Smith (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Peyton Smith
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
190 lbs.
High school:
Traverse City (MI) Central
Position:
Quarterback
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Smith was a senior in high school.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Smith is a very nice pickup for Michigan as a preferred walk-on in the 2020 class. He looks to me like an FCS-level quarterback who will pay his own way to Michigan. You can see some athleticism, a decent arm, and some good accuracy. He does look a little skittish in the pocket sometimes, but he looks like a true quarterback, unlike some other preferred walk-ons who are just good athletes but end up playing receiver or tight end or fullback or defensive back.

Michigan’s quarterback situation isn’t great with three scholarship returners (Dylan McCaffrey, Joe Milton, Cade McNamara) and an incoming freshman who’s more of an athlete (Dan Villari). In fact, in some ways I like Smith more than Villari when it comes to quarterback skills, though Villari is a more enticing athlete. Smith is unlikely to rise up the ranks to the point where he’s a key player, but for a preferred walk-on, he has potential.

Prediction: Redshirt

Hit the jump for his senior highlights.

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16May 2020
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Morning Roundup: May 16, 2020

Brady Hoke

Andre Seldon, Jr. and Giles Jackson both announced that they would be wearing #0, which is being allowed for the first time in college football this season. Since Seldon is a corner and Jackson is a receiver, they won’t be on the field at the same time . . . unless they both end up on special teams, which could cause an issue.

Nick Baumgardner has a good piece on Brady Hoke, who is now at SDSU (LINK).

Hit the jump for more.

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14May 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #105 Mahdi Hazime

Mahdi Hazime (image via Canada Football Chat)

Name: Mahdi Hazime
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
319 lbs.
High school:
Dearborn (MI) Fordson
Position:
Offensive guard
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#64
Last year:
Hazime was not ranked. He redshirted.

As a walk-on lineman, it’s always going to be an uphill battle to get on the field at Michigan. Hazime was raw coming out of high school, and he had some weight to shuffle around on his body. But I think he has potential as a scout team guy and maybe more down the line. Ultimately, he’s probably a little short and not quite talented enough to be a big-time walk-on success, but these types of guys are valuable to rep against the guys who might be a little taller, more advanced, or more athletic. Hazime transferred to Fordson from Canada, so his learning curve might be a little different than some others.

Prediction: Backup offensive guard

Hit the jump for his highlights from 2018.

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14May 2020
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Morning Roundup: May 14, 2020

Luke Schoonmaker (image via Wolverines Wire)

I came across this article on Aaron Bills recently, and I missed it when it was first published (LINK). Maybe you did, too. If you’re unaware, Bills is in charge of graphic designs for the football program.

A couple Luke Schoonmaker highlights:

247 Sports is now in the business of ranking transfers, including these former Michigan players (LINK).

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13May 2020
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New Offer: 2022 WR Caleb Burton

Del Valle (TX) Del Valle WR Caleb Burton (image via Twitter)

Michigan offered Del Valle (TX) Del Valle wide receiver Caleb Burton. He’s a 6’0″, 165-pounder with offers from Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. His father played linebacker at Syracuse.

As a sophomore in 2019, Burton caught 51 passes for 882 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Hit the jump for his highlights.

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